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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (40 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fred Plotkin Narrator: Fred Plotkin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The author who has taught tens of thousands of people to love opera now introduces readers to the rich and soul-stirring world of classical music.

From the author of the bestselling Opera 101 comes a comprehensive and highly accessible guide to discovering the glories of classical music, based on the fundamental principle of developing the skills to truly listen. In clear and entertaining prose, Plotkin explores a thousand years of music, introducing listeners to more than one hundred great works and profiling in depth many significant composers, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Dvorák, and Mahler. Plotkin illustrates how each piece of music possesses its own sound world, which is created by the unique style, voice, and vision of each composer, and made even more distinct by every musician who plays it. He defines major musical terms, and makes music theory comprehensible for the uninitiated. Conversations with important musicians offer fascinating insights into the art.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “About as thorough and detailed an introduction for the average beginner as I could imagine. It is also fascinating reading for seasoned listeners…An extraordinary survey.”

    Washington Post

  • “You’ll never confuse an oboe with a bassoon again.”

    New York Daily News

  • “A fine addition to the genre.”

    Library Journal

  • “[The] most useful, possibly the most important, book on classical music of recent years…Plotkin is reassuringly unstuffy and full of practical, stimulating ideas.”

    Classic FM

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kolin | 11/7/2009

    " Audiobook not good. Can't access the music to go along with the commentary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Scot | 10/28/2009

    " Ironically, this was a horrible audiobook. Why? No music. I was supposed to stop the car at intervals in every chapter, go buy a a few hundred CDs, play them, and then start the book again to listen to the narrative about each track.

    Poor implementation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kolin | 7/13/2009

    " Audiobook not good. Can't access the music to go along with the commentary. "

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About the Author

Fred Plotkin has written for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Opera News, and other publications. He lectures frequently at the Smithsonian Institution, the Juilliard School, and Columbia University. He is the author of nine books, many of them on Italian topics. He lives in New York and Italy.